UR Medicine's Complex Care Center Forges New Outpatient Model

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Source: UR Medicine

Patients who have been coping with serious health problems since childhood will have a health resource designed just for them when UR Medicine’s Complex Care Center opens on March 21.

The Center will be Rochester’s first primary care practice dedicated to caring for adults with chronic childhood-onset conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, childhood cancers, autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A primary care and dental practice devoted to adults with childhood diseases is not only new in Rochester: across the nation, only a few such centers exist, but demand for this type of care is rising as the patient population grows. Thanks to medical advances, more than 90 percent of children with special health care needs now reach adulthood, and for some conditions, adult patients outnumber children.

“As the leader in complex pediatric care for the region, families rely on the Golisano Children’s Hospital when their children need advanced medical care, and they also turn to our system for help as their children become adults,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of University of Rochester Medical Center and Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Our new Complex Care Center marks a significant commitment by UR Medicine to improve health transitions and address the special needs of these patients throughout their lives.”  

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